International law firm CMS has expanded its Corporate practice in Singapore with the appointment of Gerald Licnachan as Partner. Gerald joins from Reed Smith.

Gerald advises on a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance transactions, business and investment structures, commercial contracts, and corporate governance. He advises a diverse range of financial and strategic investors including conglomerates, family offices, private equity and venture capital firms and has extensive experience in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure, transportation and impact investment sectors.

Gerald has a wealth of experience acting on the full life cycle of cross-border deals across Asia and emerging and frontier economies, including Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

Toby Grainger, Managing Partner and Head of Corporate at CMS in Singapore, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Gerald to CMS. His arrival is a great opportunity for the firm to build a wider energy, natural resources and infrastructure M&A offering focused on energy transition and the renewables sector. Emerging and frontier markets in Asia are expected to continue attracting investments in the energy and renewables space, and Gerald’s expertise will be a real asset to the team. Gerald’s appointment is further indication of our ongoing growth aspirations for the region, and we look forward to working with him.”

Gerald adds: “I am delighted to join CMS. The firm has an excellent reputation for corporate work, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and its scale and breadth of expertise will allow me to grow my practice. I look forward to assisting clients in Asia and those who are looking to increase their investments in the region as part of their growth strategy.”

CMS has been active in the Asia region for several decades and is ranked amongst Asia’s Top 50 largest law firms by Asian Legal Business. The firm acts across all advisory and transactional stages of investment and project lifecycles, providing legal expertise in transactional, commercial, regulatory & disputes advice.


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